Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy- Debra Clopton

My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked o_ that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

My Thoughts: Kissed by a Cowboy is by far my favorite of the Four Hearts Ranch trilogy. Unlike his brothers, Jarrod is still striving for his dream (instead of already having everything but the girl), and unlike the other heroines, Cassidy has come to make her dream rather than find a new one. I personally found them to be far more relatable, both in their personalities and in the way their romance unfolded.

There was one thing I did not like. While I did not mind that Jarrod refused to give up on having a relationship with Cassidy, especially since she turned away from him out of fear, I was frustrated that he continued to push her so hard instead of excepting that she might need some time to heal after her failed marriage.

Outside of Jarrod's pushy moments, I found their relationship to be rather sweet; from Cassidy helping Jarrod round up rustlers, to Jarrod helping Cassidy clean up her barn. The way Cassidy was immediately enveloped as part of the Monahan family really stood out to me as a sign that she belonged and I was pleased with their happy ending.

I received this book through Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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